FEMA: Americans need to be better prepared for disasters

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May 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

The aftermath of Hurricane Michael on Oct. 11, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida.

Less than a month out from the start of hurricane season on June 1, Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives are in South Florida to remind us about disaster preparedness. But there is a twist to their pitch this year, and we think it’s a necessary one.

It’s not only about having a plan to weather a storm; it’s about making sure that any plan includes financial preparedness beyond getting some cash out of the ATM in case electricity is knocked out later.

Under the threat of bigger, badder disasters fueled by climate change and sea-level rise, FEMA is trying to prepare Americans to better bounce back from disaster by being adequately insured to avoid “unneeded disaster suffering.”

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